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Recycle, Reduce and Reuse with Mushrooms

(NC) It has always been said that in order to preserve the environment for future generations, we should recycle, reduce and reuse. Did you know when you buy fresh Canadian mushrooms you are helping to recycle, reduce and reuse? That's right. Mushrooms have been around for millions of years. When in their natural environment, mushrooms recycle, reduce and reuse forest waste materials. That is precisely what modern farmers do on mushroom farms.

Recycle: Canadian mushroom farmers convert agricultural wastes, from wheat and corn fields, horse stables, and poultry barns, into a nutritious food and a valuable soil conditioner. Every year, mushroom growers in Canada recycle at least 245,000 tons of wheat straw, 4,500 tons of stable bedding and 128,000 tons of poultry litter to grow white button, brown and portabella mushrooms. Mushroom farmers also use a lot of water, not only in the composting process, but also to clean and wash the mushroom growing and packing rooms. Most of that water is captured and recycled during the composting process. Any water that is released to the environment is purified through settling beds or man-made wetlands.

Reduce: When mushroom farmers use agricultural byproducts they reduce the volume of wastes that, otherwise, may contaminate the environment. If it wasn't for the mushroom farmers these byproducts might be burned or sent to landfills.

Reuse: After the mushrooms have been harvested, the spent mushroom substrate is removed from the growing rooms, sterilized, and sold to landscapers, market gardeners, orchards, flower growers, parks and gardeners as a valuable soil fertilizer/conditioner.

Mushrooms really are green! Plus, they are good to eat and goodfor you.To learn more about the mushroom farming visit Mushrooms Canada at

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